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TTP supports Afghan ulema’s fatwa against Pakistan

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AT-KABUL:  The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has put weight behind Afghan ulema’s recent fatwa of jihad (holy war) against Pakistan.

Terming the terror attacks in Afghanistan against Islam and condemning Islamabad for supporting terrorism and harboring Afghan militants, members of the Afghanistan’s Ulema Council on Thursday issued a jihad fatwa against Pakistan. Afghan religious scholars said that all those who do jihad in Pakistan would be fully supported.

Welcoming the verdict, the Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction of the TTP in a media statement said that there is no denying to the fact that Pakistan and its institutions are involved in the arrest, torture and killing of innocent Muslims.

“Even properties and honor of the Muslims are not safe from the hands of Pakistan. In such circumstances there is no other option except Jihad,” the group’s spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said.

He said that his group and religious scholars associated with it support the Afghan’s ulema stance against Pakistan.

Pakistani clerics have supported Afghan militants for too long and termed terror attacks in Afghanistan as permitted.

In 2013, the head of the Pakistani ulema council, Tahir Ashrafi, said that suicide attack in Afghanistan is permitted. He also boycotted the Kabul-Islamabad religious scholars conference due to the Afghan government’s opposition to allow the Taliban representatives in the summit.

In an official letter addressed to Afghanistan’s Ulema Council, Pakistani clerics said that they would not be attending the Kabul ulema conference.  The letter, signed by Mufti Abu Huraira Mohuiddin, head of the Pakistani clerics, says they are not willing to criticize any of the Afghan Taliban’s pasts activities, nor would they issue a Fatwa against them.